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Throwback Thursday: A Shelter from Storms




And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat,

For a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.

Is. 4:6 (NKJV)

If you are ever in Nags Head North Carolina, visit Jeanette’s Pier. It is not your typical fishing pier, and it has a nice enclosed area with a large aquarium full of different types of fish.

We were leaving the pier to walk up the beach to our motel when we heard the crash of thunder. As lightening flashed across the dark sky, we quickly returned inside until the storm was over. I did not want to be there any longer. I would have preferred to wait it out in my motel room, where I could have done something constructive, such as writing. Here we were, safe from the storm, and I turned my attention to a striped fish in the aquarium. He was a spade fish, and I was content to watch him swim.

I considered how life is the same way. We seek God’s shelter during our storms. We certainly do not want to be where we are, but we are in a situation that we are powerless to change. How we long for our lives to get back to normal, but we must ride out the storm with God as our shelter.

It is during those times that we must find our spade fish, our contentment. It could be time in the Bible as we are comforted by God’s promises. It could be a time when we are surrounded by family and friends, or it could be a private time spent alone with God. Paul said, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:” (Phil. 4:11). Note that contentment is something we learn. It doesn’t come naturally.

Are you seeking God’s Shelter during a storm today? Know that you are safe, and be content until the storm passes by.


Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.


Throwback Thursday: Why



Though He slay me, yet I will trust Him.  –Job 13:15a


Why do severe tornadoes devastate towns? Why do terrorists kill and maim so many people? Why are you going through a storm right now? Many times, we never know God’s purpose in trials, but one thing we do know – we can trust Him.

If we lack wisdom, we can ask God and He will give it to us liberally, but we must ask in faith, not doubting (James 1:5-6). The only way we can have peace during these times is to have total trust in God. As Christians mature, their faith will increase.

When you, the passenger, are going to a vacation destination, you don’t need to know the route. Only the driver needs to know. Trust god to lead you even if the way is unclear, and don’t be a back seat driver.

Although the purpose may be unclear, there are some benefits to trials. They will cause you to depend on God more. They will keep you in the Bible and in prayer. They will enable you to help others when they go through their own trials. They will make heaven sweeter because it is a place where there is no pain, no sorrow, and no tears.

On a personal note, I would never trade my visual impairment for sight if it meant that I would have to give up the closeness I feel with God. Every step I take is literally one of faith, and yours should be also.

We must trust God completely without wavering, without doubting, without the back and forth movement like the waves (James 1:6). Our trust must be firmly rooted in God because He is in control. God has a plan, and we don’t have to understand it. Trust Him!



Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.